Liverpool have reportedly identified Stoke City captain Ryan Shawcross as a potential acquisition as the Reds further pursue summer reinforcements.

According to the Daily Mail, Shawcross has been earmarked by the Merseysiders as the ideal player to bolster their defence, and are considering making an offer in the region of £10 million.

Stoke, however, are said to value the 23-year-old at nearer £18 million, although they have no intention to sell should Liverpool - or anyone else for that matter - make a formal approach.

Shawcross, who began his career at Old Trafford, joined Stoke in a permanent capacity in 2008, having previously spent a spell on loan from Manchester United.


The centre-back has since dramatically enhanced his reputation and is now regarded as one of the most competitive defenders in the Barclays Premier League.

Should he move to Liverpool, however, he would have to battle for a starting berth with the likes of Jamie Carragher, Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel, although Shawcross certainly has age on his side.

Meanwhile, should Liverpool miss out on Shawcross, it is alleged Kenny Dalglish will attempt to bring Bolton's Gary Cahill to Anfield.

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